A year after the death of Hugo Chávez is a propitious time to examine his legacy. Such an examination is even more important in light of the current wave of demonstrations in Venezuela, which have given new life to the transparent attempts of the opposition and the United States to depose the Bolivarian government. These demonstrations appear to be organized by an especially violent and reactionary sector of the opposition, seeking overthrow rather than democratic change.
A delegation of National Lawyers Guild (NLG) election monitors visited polling sites in five Venezuelan states on April 14 and found that the Venezuelan presidential election process was fair, transparent, participatory, and well-organized.
Included in Volume 38, Number 1:
A federal lawsuit challenges domestic spying
Occupy victories continue in court
The strange case of the NATO 5
Lessons from litigating Al-Haramain
Guild amicus brief bolsters defense of voting rights
Puerto Rico convention preview
Students reflect on exoneration campaign
2012 Student Day Against the Death Penalty
Venezuela's decision to withdraw from the American Convention on Human Rights
Interview with NIPNLG Director Dan Kesselbrenner
Michigan members mount repsonse to democracy emergency
March 6, 2013
Dear Acting President Maduro and the people of Venezuela,
The National Lawyers Guild expresses our deep condolences for the loss of President Chavez. We were heartened to witness his impressive election victory five months ago.
A just-released National Lawyers Guild (NLG) report finds that the 2012 presidential election which reseated Venezuela President Hugo Chávez was conducted fairly and accountably.
NLG President Azadeh Shahshahani was a part of the delegation that monitored the October voting.
On October 7, 2012, over 80 percent of the Venezuelan electorate turned out to re-elect Hugo Chávez Frias as President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Included in Volume 37, Number 4:
- An account of NLG support for the Coal Export Action in Montana
- A report from the national mobilization to support protests at the RNC and DNC
- A round-up of student chapter activity nationwide
- NLG election results
- Photos from the 75th anniversary convention in Pasadena
- Information about the NLG's new sexual harassment policy
- Ward Morehouse and Gustin Reichbach remembered
- An article about an NLG trip to monitor Venezuela's presidential election
As part of an eight-member delegation from the National Lawyers Guild, we spent the week leading up to the October 7 Venezuelan presidential election in Caracas, learning about the electoral system that Jimmy Carter has called “the best in the world.” On the day of the election, we observed it in action all over the country as part of a group of more than 220 international parliamentarians, election officials, academics, journalists, and judges.